Last week, Greek Melodic Death metallers Nightfall announced their return with a fresh line-up. Before the weekend, the band issued the following update on the recording process:
"Preproduction is ready to roll. The album will have 12 tracks unfold in 45 minutes approximately. Composed of epic melodies backed by heavy powerful drumming the way it was before trigger mania arrived in the neighbourhood will certainly be a pleasure trip in time for anyone into metal.
Jorg as a studio owner himself (Soundlodge studios, Germany - God Dethroned, Dew-Scented), knows exactly what he is doing, resulting in super efficient drum takes. This makes the process much easier on everyone else, since no stress is accumulated during this initial phase of recording.
Polish metallers Behemoth have posted online a new song, "Ov Fire And The Void", on their MySpace page.
"Ov Fire And The Void" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled "Evangelion", which is scheduled for release on August 7 in Europe via Nuclear Blast Records and August 11 in North America through Metal Blade.
"Evangelion" cover art] tracklisting:
03. Ov Fire And The Void
04. Transmigrating Beyond Realms Ov Amenti
05. He Who Breeds Pestilence
06. The Seed Ov I
07. Alas, Lord Is Upon Me
08. Defiling Morality Ov Black God
UPDATED, on 23.07.2009
Polish metallers Behemoth have posted online another new song, "Shemhamforash", on their MySpace page.
Evocation have posted a new video for the track "Tomorrow Has No Sunrise" online. The video comes from the bands latest release, "Dead Chalm Chaos". The video was directed by René U Valdes (Hardcore Superstar, Avatar etc.) fand was shot at Kvarnbyn in Gothenburg (Sweden) on the 14th of April.
Dutch metalers Asphyx have posted online a new song, "Scorbutics", on their MySpace page.
"Scorbutics" comes off the band's upcoming album, "Death... The Brutal Way", which will be released on June 22 via Century Media Records.
"Death... The Brutal Way" cover art] tracklisting:
02. The Herald
04. Death... The Brutal Way
05. Asphyx II (They Died As They Marched)
07. Black Hole Storm
08. Riflegun Redeemer
09. Cape Horn
10. The Saw, The Torture, The Pain
Thomas Granzow, the guitarist of German death metalers Ressurected, has issued the following message:
"Most of you fuckers may have read it elsewhere before as I forgot to put it up on MySpace - "Fierce" is the album title for the follow-up on "Endless Sea Of Loss", cover artwork has been finished as well and was done by Plamen Kolev. Thanks to him for his patience altering his sketch a thousand times, hahaha...
Album tracks are "New Reign Rising", "Perverse Consecration", "Urge To Murder", "Tortured By Deities", "Divine Masturbation", "Hindsight", "Gunshot Victim", "Slumdog", "Mental Retardation" and "Day Of Suffering" (Morbid Angel cover version).
Crystal Eyes have posted the following message on their official MySpace page:
"Recently Nico let us know that he didn't have the time to play live with Crystal Eyes anymore so we've decided to carry on as a four piece band. This is how we've been rehearsing all the time and the only change is that Mikael is once again doing the lead vocals.
Mikael - "The reasons I once handed over the lead vocals are just not there anymore, and since I wrote all vocal melodies for my voice it wasn't a big step to be the lead singer once again. I actually never stopped singing. I've been the singer of the Judas Priest tribute band "Defenders Of The Faith" the whole time, recorded all the vocals for Crystal Eyes' demos, backing vocals on the albums, and of course the lead vocals on the closing song on our three last albums."
Hatesphere have posted a new song online enttled "Backstabber" on their official MySpace page. The band commented: "Here's a song that musically is a little bit all over the place, as far as getting a taste of what is to come on the new album. Pepe and Jakob penned it and we all assembled it last year. It's also Me and Joller's response to the mindless violent crimes, leading kids to die in the streets of Copenhagen." The lyrics of the song can be read here.
The track comes off the band's new upcoming album, "To The Nines", which will be released on the following dates:
23 Mar: Denmark
25 Mar: Finland, Spain
27 Mar: Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Benelux, France, Italy, Sweden
Queensrÿche have posted the following statement on their official MySpace:
"Queensrÿche envisions war through the eyes of a soldier with the band's twelfth studio release, the epic concept album "American Soldier". The ambitious album encompasses a dozen songs inspired by numerous interviews with veterans conducted by Geoff Tate, the group's singer and chief songwriter, who was intent on telling their story using their words. After speaking with soldiers who served in various conflicts - from World War II to Iraq - Tate turned their firsthand experiences from the frontlines into an unflinching musical examination of the life of a solider and the consequences of war. "American Soldier" will be available from Atco/Rhino on March 31 for a suggested list price of $18.98 (CD) and $9.99 (digital).
Behemoth have issued the following text on their official Myspace page:
"The band has just been officially confirmed for the USA Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour which is scheduled to kick off July 10 in Sacramento, California. The headlining bands of this tour are Slayer and Marilyn Manson. The other confirmed bands are Bullet For My Valentine, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, God Forbid, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Job For A Cowboy.
Behemoth will also play with Slayer on their 3-week pre-Mayhem Festival tour. That tour will include a dates in "B-markets" - smaller cities which the Mayhem Festival will not reach. We will update you with the dates and more information real soon.
German thrashers Abandoned have posted the following message on their official MySpace page:
"Due to a general lack of time because of his day-job and stuff, Sven Vormann leaves the band. We wish him all the best and regret this decision wholeheartedly. As his successor we'd like to introduce you to Jan S. Mischon, who replaced Sven temporarily earlier on our little tour with Tankard around x-mas time 2008 and helped us out when we were playing Wacken and Earthshaker Festivals in 2005.
So Jan will be the drummer on our next CD, which we will start recording in May 2009 or so to deliver the ultimate thrash grenade by the end of the year."
Texas-based mythological occult metal band Absu have posted the song "Girra's Temple" from their self-titled new album due in stores February 24 on their official MySpace page. The song offers fans the first listen to material on the anxiously awaited new album that features an all-star array of guest musicians.
"Absu" is the first new recording from the trio since their highly acclaimed album "Tara" released in 2001. Produced by the band with mixing assistance from J.T. Longoria (King Diamond, Solitude Aeturnus), the album features artwork from Belgian artist Kris Verwimp. Drummer/vocalist Proscriptor says of the album's lyrical concepts, "I am concentrating more on Sumerian-based occult themes of magick and mythology versus the Celtic aspect of my previous writings, which was heavily expressed on the last few Absu studio albums. Musically speaking, the material will be quite similar to Tara, but with more of a '70s progressive/psychedelic texture within it."
German metallers Kreator have posted online a new song, entitled "Warcurse", on their MySpace page.
The track comes off the band's new album, entitled "Hordes Of Chaos", which will be released in Europe on January 19, 2009 via SPV Records (January 16 in Germany and January 13 in the US).
"Hordes Of Chaos" was recorded at Berlin's Tritonus studios under the direction of producer Moses Schneider. The cover artwork was created by Joachim Luetke.
"Hordes Of Chaos" cover] tracklisting:
01. Hordes Of Chaos (A Necrologue For The Elite)
04. Amok Run
05. Destroy What Destroys You
06. Radical Resistance
07. Absolute Misanthropy